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NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Prepares for First Flight

NASA is targeting no earlier than April 8 for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter to make the first attempt at powered, controlled flight of an...

Most distant quasar with powerful radio jets discovered

With the help of the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT), astronomers have discovered and studied in detail the most distant source...

Lightning strikes played a vital role in life’s origins on Earth

Lightning strikes were just as important as meteorites in creating the perfect conditions for life to emerge on Earth, geologists say. Minerals delivered to Earth...

Hubble Sees Changing Seasons on Saturn

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is giving astronomers a view of changes in Saturn’s vast and turbulent atmosphere as the planet’s northern hemisphere summer transitions...

Exoplanet around distant star resembles our reputed ‘Planet Nine’

Astronomers are still searching for a hypothetical “Planet Nine” in the distant reaches of our solar system, but an exoplanet 336 light years from...

Fast-moving gas flowing away from young star’s asteroid belt may be...

A unique stage of planetary system evolution has been imaged by astronomers, showing fast-moving carbon monoxide gas flowing away from a star system over...

Field geology at Mars’ equator points to ancient megaflood

Floods of unimaginable magnitude once washed through Gale Crater on Mars’ equator around 4 billion years ago – a finding that hints at the...

Rogue’s gallery of dusty star systems reveals exoplanet nurseries

Astronomers this month released the largest collection of sharp, detailed images of debris disks around young stars, showcasing the great variety of shapes and...

International team of scientists warns of increasing threats posed by invasive...

In a new study, scientists from around the world – including a professor at the University of Rhode Island – warn that the threats...

Spacecrafts get a boost in ‘Aerogravity Assisted’ interactions

In a recent paper published in EPJ Special Topics, Jhonathan O. Murcia Piñeros, a post-doctoral researcher at Space Electronics Division, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas...

As many as six billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy, according...

There may be as many as one Earth-like planet for every five Sun-like stars in the Milky way Galaxy, according to new estimates by...

Proposed NASA Mission Would Visit Neptune’s Curious Moon Triton

When NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Neptune's strange moon Triton three decades ago, it wrote a planetary science cliffhanger. Voyager 2 is the only...

Electrically charged dust storms drive Martian chlorine cycle

How’s the weather on Mars? Tough on rovers, but very good for generating and moving highly reactive chlorine compounds. New research from Washington University...

New ‘sun clock’ quantifies extreme space weather switch on/off

200 years of sunspot observations used by University of Warwick researchers to create ‘sun clock’ Sun clock pinpoints times of sharp switch on...

A mirror image of Earth and Sun

Among the more than 4,000 known exoplanets, KOI-456.04 is something special: less than twice the size of Earth, it orbits a Sun-like star. And...

Hot stars are plagued by giant magnetic spots

Astronomers using European Southern Observatory (ESO) telescopes have discovered giant spots on the surface of extremely hot stars hidden in stellar clusters. Not only...

Astronomers Find Cosmic Golden Needle Buried For Two Decades: Einstein Ring

Determined to find a needle in a cosmic haystack, a pair of astronomers time traveled through archives of old data from W. M. Keck...

Some stars in Westerlund 2 have a difficult time forming planets

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are finding that planets have a tough time forming in the rough-and-tumble central region of the massive, crowded...

NASA’s Webb Will Study the ‘Building Blocks’ of Our Solar System

Millions of asteroids roam our solar system. Many are clustered between Mars and Jupiter in the main asteroid belt while another group, known as...

ESO telescope have revealed the telltale signs of a star system...

Observations made with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) have revealed the telltale signs of a star system being born. Around...

Ultra-thin sail could speed journey to other star systems

A tiny sail made of the thinnest material known – one carbon-atom-thick graphene – has passed initial tests designed to show that it could...

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Clues to Chilly Ancient Mars Buried in...

By studying the chemical elements on Mars today — including carbon and oxygen — scientists can work backwards to piece together the history of...

First Independent Confirmation of PDS 70 Protoplanets

New evidence shows the first-ever pictures capturing the birth of a pair of planets orbiting the star PDS 70 are in fact authentic. Using a...

NASA’s TESS Enables Breakthrough Study of Perplexing Stellar Pulsations

Astronomers have detected elusive pulsation patterns in dozens of young, rapidly rotating stars thanks to data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). The...

New data explains how Pluto’s haze is formed from the faint...

When the New Horizons spacecraft passed by Pluto in 2015, one of the many fascinating features its images revealed was that this small, frigid...

Researchers discovered a multilayer haze system over Saturn’s hexagon

A rich variety of meteorological phenomena take place in the extensive hydrogen atmosphere of the planet Saturn, a world about ten times the size...

Scientists identify first magmas generated in solar system’s building blocks

Let’s start at the beginning. Before humans, before Earth, before any of the planets existed, there were baby planets — planetesimals. Coalesced from dust...

Telescopes and Spacecraft Join Forces to Probe Deep into Jupiter’s Atmosphere

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the ground-based Gemini Observatory in Hawaii have teamed up with the Juno spacecraft to probe the mightiest storms in...

The closest known brown dwarf Luhman 16A have atmosphere similar to...

A team of astronomers has discovered that the closest known brown dwarf, Luhman 16A, shows signs of cloud bands similar to those seen on...

The next-generation telescopes might look first for hydrogen atmospheres

As new and more powerful telescopes blink on in the next few years, astronomers will be able to aim the megascopes at nearby exoplanets,...

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